- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says he will continue to fight with “bulldog determination” for the future of coal.

Mead is addressing Wyoming legislators in his annual state of the state address Wednesday in Cheyenne.

Mead says he has never seen an onslaught against a single industry like President Barack Obama’s administration’s anti-coal agenda.

Wyoming is the nation’s largest coal-producing state but demand for coal has been sagging in recent years in the face of tough new federal power plant regulations and cheaper natural gas.

Mead says he intends to press for access to ocean ports to allow export of Wyoming coal overseas. Wyoming and Montana are both appealing a recent decision by the state of Oregon rejecting an energy company’s proposal to build a coal terminal on the Columbia River.



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